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    Pretty much lost all credibility in this article when you said he's respected more than Obama worldwide. No matter what your political views, any president would obviously be more respected than the guy who bashes everyone who doesn't work for them, then gives them verbal blowjobs in the media once they sign the contract
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    Quote Originally Posted by Death Beast View Post
    Pretty much lost all credibility in this article when you said he's respected more than Obama worldwide. No matter what your political views, any president would obviously be more respected than the guy who bashes everyone who doesn't work for them, then gives them verbal blowjobs in the media once they sign the contract
    Yes, this sums up the question.

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    Oh my God, the author is the biggest Dana´s ass licker I have ever seen.

    Dana White is the president, name, and face of the fasting growing sports in the world.
    You can’t have a conversation about mma or UFC without mentioning Dana White. This guy should get most of the credit to the reasoning the UFC is so popular
    No piece of idiot, he is not the president of the fasting growing sport, he is the president of the most popular organization of the fastest growing sport, these are 2 very different things.
    And I can perfectly have a MMA conversation without mentioning the bald dude, he is an important personality in MMA, but I care much more about fighters than about him so I can perfectly talk for hours about MMA without mentioning the name Dana White.

    Dana White has worldwide respect.
    You could not even say that about president Obama. Dana has held UFC events in the United States, Canada, England, Abu Dhabi, and many places in-between. The events he holds in other countries help their economies. The only other sport that brings so many countries together to watch is soccer but everyone knows MMA is much more entertaining
    This is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have read in a while. This kind of things are written by Trolls in the Sherdog forum, and still I don´t think they are idiots enough to compare Obama with Dana and to say that Dana is more respected.
    Dana has a lot of lovers but he also has a huge huge amount of haters, and how exactly is that UFC is helping the economy of other countries???
    Also his "everybody knows that MMA is much more entertaining than Soccer" is a stupidity. If everybody knew that MMA is more entertaining than Soccer then the world´s most popular sport would be MMA and not Soccer. There is still an inmense distance in popularity between those 2 sports and it will continue to be like that for many many years.

    Dana White is not fake.
    He has no censor and speaks his mind. He will not be fake just so you will like him. You will also know if he is not a fan or doesn’t like you. Some have a problem with this type of person but I would rather someone be straight up than fake
    He is not fake???? LMFAO, he is a big hypocrite and a big liar.
    The guy talks a lot of BS and acts like a douchebag most of the time, that means that he is not fake and deserves respect for that???
    He is the president of the most popular organization of a sport that many people still look as a barbaric fight, he should be an example of respect, instead of that he acts like a tough teenager wannabe talking shit about anything non UFC related and overhyping everything UFC related.

    Dana White is down to earth.
    He never snubs fans. This guy is always meeting and greeting fans. He also stays involved with his fans through many outlets including Twitter where he has over 1.2 million followers. You will catch Dana tweeting locations where to meet him to get free tickets before an event. Bottom line he is a celebrity but when you talk to him you realize he is just a hardcore fan of MMA.
    From what I have seen in videos, it seems that he is indeed cool with the fans, and why he should not be? Fans are the ones that give him millions of dollars.

    Dana White is passionate.
    He is very passionate about MMA and his company. He saw the diamond in the rough back when the UFC was a money pit losing money at every event and being banned from pay per view. His hard work, dedication, and passion grew this company to the level it is now. Dana White protects the UFC like a grizzly bear protects its young. The UFC is now worth well over a billion dollars thanks mostly to Dana White’s passion for the sport and company.
    He is not at all the only reason of the success of the UFC.
    And we all know that he is very protective of his company, when you brainwash the fans by telling them that UFC is great and everything else is garbage it´s more than obvious that he is protecting UFC.
    And if UFC is now worth of a billion dollars is thanks to the Ferttitas and their idea of TUF, if it was not for them, who knows if UFC would be still existing cause we all know that Dana was absolutely against the idea of TUF.

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    The haters will hate no matter what...but to say heisn't successful or influential because he is playing with other peoples money????? Come on, 90% of people in big buisness play with other peoples money...how is that even remotely relevant?

    Yes he is ONLY the president of the UFC, but seriously we know he is running SF as well, and we all no there really isn't anything else out there with serious credentials....so it isn't far off to say he's the president of the fastest growing sport in the world.
    just sayin.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Didn't read the article but to answer the question, no way. The UFC is still more spectacle than sport and as long as he lets the fans have a say in title fights it will stay that way. If that's the case, you would have to say Vince McMahon is the most influential man in sports and that's a joke.
    It's actually more of a spectacle than it used to be, due to dana's direction.

    Quote Originally Posted by LethalStriker View Post
    Dana isn't perfect like the author of this article makes him out to be, but by no means is he evil like a few people in this thread make him out to be. Was Dana solely responsible for the success of UFC? No, but to say he didn't have a role in it at all is a bit naive.
    I don't know that anyone called him evil or said he didn't have a role in it at all. He was great 5 years ago, but the industry has outgrown him and his childishness. He's holding the sport back from mainstream success.

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    Haha Rivets hatred makes me giggle everytime. Good stuff.
    I don't hate him. I just don't have any use for him. There's a big difference. I do hate hack journalists, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by kickass32 View Post
    The haters will hate no matter what...but to say heisn't successful or influential because he is playing with other peoples money????? Come on, 90% of people in big buisness play with other peoples money...how is that even remotely relevant?
    You're taking two of my statements out of context, combining them, and still missing the point of both. I was referring to the "respect" he deserves because he's wealthy...he's wealthy not because his plans are brilliant, but because he's got backers with incredibly deep pockets to bail him out when they fail. That's entirely different from making sound investments that show a return. There are tens of thousands of businessmen who could do what dana has done if they had the support of the Fertittas. There are tens of thousands of businesses that fail--despite being crafted by more adept men than dana--because they don't have that luxury.

    Yes he is ONLY the president of the UFC, but seriously we know he is running SF as well, and we all no there really isn't anything else out there with serious credentials....so it isn't far off to say he's the president of the fastest growing sport in the world.
    just sayin.......
    Just sayin that accuracy is more important to me than it is to you. There is a lot more to MMA than the UFC and Strikeforce...and I'm not convinced that dana is going to be president of SF, regardless. The void that Coker left after his demotion doesn't need one, and I'm hoping the Fertittas will take a more active role, regardless.

    You do realize that while he's the president of the UFC, he's not the CEO, right?

    Sure, dana is one of the faces of MMA. One of them, and the easily most recognizable non-fighter attached to the industry. But that's it. Paris Hilton is recognizable. So is that Kardashian person. It doesn't make them geniuses or overflowing with talent or even that influential. It just makes them famous.

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    I might be missing something, but I re-read the article, and I don't see anywhere that it says he should be respected because he's wealthy.....it does say about the UFC being a billion dollar company and Dana was a big part of making it such.
    The Fertitas are a huge part of it, but would they even be here if it wasn't for Dana talking them into buying it?
    I understand the accuracy part you are refering to, but other than Bellator, is there really any other viable, known MMA organization....MFC maybe. So to many, mostly casual fans I suppose, Zuffa IS MMA....for better or worse.
    Sometimes you need that "perfect storm" in order for something to be successful.....maybe there are more savy buisness men out there than Dana, maybe there are more knowledgeable MMA men out there, maybe there are more respectful men out there ( I can guarantee you there are on this one).....but Dana is just that "perfect" mix.
    I am not a nuthugger, I have been frustrated many times by Dana, but all in all, I believe he is good for the sport, it's growth, and it's success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyreas View Post
    What a horrible article.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickass32 View Post
    ?
    I understand the accuracy part you are refering to, but other than Bellator, is there really any other viable, known MMA organization....MFC maybe.
    What about Dream or M-1 Global? Even KSW is beginning to get attention.
    Maybe in USA they are not that popular but USA is not the only country where MMA exists. In Japan I am pretty sure Dream and Sengoku and K1 are way more popular than UFC. M-1 makes a lot of events in Europe and the quality of those events are not bad at all.

    People act as if if something is not popular in USA it means that the world does not know about that, it is false. There are fighters that in USA almost no one knows about them and however in Europe and Japan they are idols.

    Same thing with the organizations, UFC is indeed the most popular org in the world, but to say that aside UFC, SF and maybe Bellator there are not important organizations is pretty dumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickass32 View Post
    I might be missing something, but I re-read the article, and I don't see anywhere that it says he should be respected because he's wealthy.....it does say about the UFC being a billion dollar company and Dana was a big part of making it such.
    The Fertitas are a huge part of it, but would they even be here if it wasn't for Dana talking them into buying it?
    I understand the accuracy part you are refering to, but other than Bellator, is there really any other viable, known MMA organization....MFC maybe. So to many, mostly casual fans I suppose, Zuffa IS MMA....for better or worse.
    Sometimes you need that "perfect storm" in order for something to be successful.....maybe there are more savy buisness men out there than Dana, maybe there are more knowledgeable MMA men out there, maybe there are more respectful men out there ( I can guarantee you there are on this one).....but Dana is just that "perfect" mix.
    I am not a nuthugger, I have been frustrated many times by Dana, but all in all, I believe he is good for the sport, it's growth, and it's success.
    Yes, but dont a lot of business ventures start that way. A lot fail some go on to b successful. The Fertitas wouldn't be there if not for dana but you can easily say it the other way around. They knew him personally and went wit him. He may have not had the luck with other investors and not has the power and control he had.

    It is completely arguable that he could be the most influential figure in mma or the ufc(not without debate) but in all of sports...

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